Here is a little gem of information that is founded in real research on people and the way they eat. We all know that we live in a fast and crazy paced life. It seems that we don’t have time to do anything. We scrape by and try and get done what we can each day. At least for me, I feel like I don’t have enough time as I go through most of my days. I found another good reason that we should take the time to eat with our loved ones. Doing this actually helps eat healthier foods according to an ADA Scientific Journal publication called: Making time for meals: Meal structure and associations with dietary intakes of young adults.
I like scientific research because much of my education dealt with performing research regarding family and relationships. Anyway, this journal article found that people actually tend to eat healthier when the eat with others. The also found that when we eat on the run and are alone we tend to eat higher fat, more “POP”, more fast food, as well as leaving out other healthy options. The research shows us that when we get together with others we are more likely to eat more fruits and vegetables. This was surprising news to me.
I guess it could depend on who you like to eat with, but it really does make sense that when you eat with other people you do tend to eat a full meal that includes a variety of foods. When I eat alone and on the run I most certainly do go for the fast food with lots of fat. Here are some of the benifits that the research says you can get by eating with others more:
Benefits of eating with others
- More intake of fruit
- Higher intake of vegetables in general
- Higer intake of dark green and orange vegetables
- More social interaction and quality of life (my opinion)
- When you talk you eat less (my opinion)
- More enjoyment of food (my opinion)
What do you guys think about this research finding? Does it match up with how your life is? Do you eat worse on the run and by yourself? Do you eat better when you are with others?